No Sugar Added & Nut Free Cacao Spread (aka “Chocolate Butter”)

There was a “crêpe day” at my son’s elementary school, and it was suggested that we bring a topping for it.  I thought about sending some bananas, but I ended up packing a jar of homemade “Cacao Spread” – aka “Chocolate Butter”.  Boy, was it ever a hit!  I received lovely comments from the kids and moms – it REALLY made me happy.  And I got to thinking, why am I SO happy?

Cacao Spread

I think it was because I felt connected, and shared my passion in a way that they could actually experience.  I love to find alternative nutritious foods to replace those toxic chemical loaded foods.  I rarely tell my family and clients to stop eating certain food without any substitute.

I make meals and snacks to keep my family healthy and happy, mentally and physically.  I want to avoid feeding toxins, but provide nutrients.  A simple principle, but it can be challenging if you think making a healthy food is complicated and/or expensive.  I used to think so too, but once you get the hang of it, it is not true.

It is easy enough to do, and saves you $.  You just need to plan and prepare in advance, and this will become part of your routine after a few weeks of trying it, and you have it for your life.

And the most important thing for many people is to shift their minds from “it’s too much for me” to “it’s worth it, it will be easier and more fun”.

Anyway, due to a high demand of how I make it, I decided to post a recipe below.  If you have any questions, let me know!
Happy healthy eating<3

Cacao Spread

Recipe:
Fills up about one and a half of 4 oz Mason Jar

Ingredients:
Ideally all in organic, but hey, start with what you can do! 🙂
You do not need to be precise on this recipe, I sometimes use 3/4 cup dates for a rich-thick spread, and 1.5  cup of them for smoother!  

-1 cup coconut milk (full fat one), warmed
-½ cup unsweetened cacao powder
-1 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked over night), drained.  If you are in rush, soaked in hot water for 10-20 min and drained.)
-½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

-¼ teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Directions:
Put them all in a high speed blender for a few minutes.
Pour it into mason jars.

Variations:
-goes well with fresh fruits like a banana and/or strawberries
-make a great “hot chocolate” just with your choice of milk
-on plain rice cakes, pancakes, toast
-simply eat it as it is!

Enjoy!
xoxo

Santé Gluten-Free Café

I am very excited to introduce this cute new completely gluten free cafe, Santé Gluten-Free Café in Victoria, BC!  It was suggested by my very talented friend, Laura, who is an owner of Inspiring Vegan.

The atmosphere was very cozy and VERY spacious.  I was there with my son, who was napping in his stroller, and I was comfortably able to walk through anywhere from the entrance to the washroom (and it is VERY spacious with a diaper change table!  VERY nice!).

I had Organic Quinoa and Tofu Salad and wow!  It was delicious!  I make a lot of Quinoa salad, but never thought about combining Tofu in it.  Very refreshing and tasty salad with loads of amazing nutrition.  I also had “try me” goodies including some cookies and they tasted “healthy” but not “too healthy” if you know what I mean.  They are definitely sweet enough to satisfy your sugar crave, but not too sweet to the degree when you can’t taste anything but sugar!

I will definitely come back to this cafe and look forward to trying more from their menu!

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